Plant Identification Lab

  • May 12, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Maryland Naturalist Center

Would you like to sharpen your plant ID skills?  Join us as we identify specimens collected at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park.  We’ll use plant keys, hand lenses, microscopes, and reference collections from the Natural History Society of Maryland.  This will not be a formal class, but rather an informal time for you to work with other interested people and with researchers conducting the Ag Center inventory.  At the moment, participants are having fun identifying flowering plants collected this spring.

During these labs (May 12 and May 26), we will examine and identify the plants, sharing our knowledge as we focus on a variety of plant types, including trees and shrubs, grasses, sedges, and herbaceous plants.  After this session we will continue to offer additional labs every second and fourth Monday of the month as the Ag Center project continues through the seasons of the year and the varied habitats at the Baltimore County property.

All levels of experience are welcome—from those with a basic knowledge of how to use a plant key to those who are experienced botanists.  Bring a hand lens if you have one; we will have lenses and keys to share.


Members of the Natural History Society of Maryland - $15 for both sessions, paid at the first session; $10 walk-ins for individual sessions.

Non-members of the Natural History Society of Maryland - $10 walk-ins only.

Pay by check or cash at the door.

Become a member at (individual $25; family $35).

The sessions will be facilitated by Charlie Davis and Judy FultonCharlie is a professional ecologist who is currently inventorying the plants on the cliffs of the Harpers Ferry Historic Park for the National Park Service.  Judy is a researcher conducting an inventory at the Ag Center.  She’s a Master Gardener and an active member of the Maryland Native Plant Society.

Both Charlie and Judy are volunteers, so your money for these sessions will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible. 

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  • Regina M.

    Thanks, Charlie. Went out to the Mt. Vernon Parks today and saw more than I've ever seen. Spotted a shepherd's purse, mustard family, and I can't believe I just said that! Perhaps, I'm making progress...

    May 13, 2014

  • Charlie D.

    Clarification on the couplet in the Flora of Virginia that separates Arabidopsis from Draba based on how many rows of seeds: In the description of the genus Draba it explains that we were suppose to judge that number of rows PER CARPEL. This isn't clear in the of course Arabidopsis has two rows because it has two carpels, but that is for the entire fruit; there is only ONE row in each carpel.

    May 13, 2014

  • Holly C.

    We've got some sort of yuck and don't want to get others sick so we're staying in tonight. Have fun!

    May 12, 2014

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